On February 22, NASA announced the discovery of a new system: seven planets orbiting a star. This star is called TRAPPIST-1 and is 39 light-years away. All of the planets are earth-sized. Scientists believe they may contain liquid water.
“This discovery could be a significant piece in the puzzle of finding habitable environments, places that are conducive to life,” said Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator of the agency’s Science Mission Directorate in Washington. “Answering the question, ‘are we alone?’ is a top science priority and finding so many planets like these for the first time in the habitable zone is a remarkable step forward toward that goal.”
Nevertheless, these planets would be hard to explore because they are far away, indeed. The spacecraft that reached Pluto, New Horizons, would take 800,000 years to reach TRAPPIST-1. There is a telescope that would make further study possible. Scheduled to launch in 2018, this James Webb Telescope is more powerful than the Hubble Space Telescope.
The author of this article expresses the everlasting hope of humans to find life in outer space. Because water may be existent, the planets could be able to support life. Scientists have spent and will continue to spend millions of dollars in this quest. But as Ken Ham says, “The search for extraterrestrial life is really driven by man’s rebellion against God in a desperate attempt to supposedly prove evolution!” It is in man’s nature to try to remove God from the equation, to say that life did not come from God. But we, as Christians, know that “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” (Gen. 1:1)